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is there a way to find the files wihout tags  using autoplaylist ?

Instead of an auto-playlist, I would use built-in function "Show files with missing tags":
via MB's main menu -> Tools -> Tagging tools -> Show files with missing tags

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Tips and Tricks / Re: MusicBee File Paths: Installed vs Portable
« on: July 19, 2023, 06:55:01 AM »
No idea if this is something that belongs in this guide but while trying to make the switch to portable, i noticed that the podcast graphics i use are stored at "L:\Users\*.*\AppData\Local\MusicBee\InternalCache\Subscriptions\".

The links can be found in the Subscriptions.dat file under \Library\*.*\Podcasts\.

I changed the .dat file with a text editor replaced "L:\Users\*.*\AppData\Local\MusicBee\InternalCache\Subscriptions\" with "\MusicBeePortable\AppData\InternalCache\Subscriptions\" and it worked.

Thanks for your contribution, Gendji! It fits perfectly within the purview of this thread.
I have just updated the main post accordingly.

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Questions / Re: Tricky regex expression...?
« on: July 08, 2023, 03:28:15 PM »
What's the magic there?
Hi, guy! ;)
In the comments below, the numbers refer to the table rows in post #2 and spaces are replaced by "_" for legibility purposes.
A keyword is a non-null sequence of characters different from ";", thus a keyword = "[^;]+".

3. "([^;]+);_"
Between round brackets: the keyword that will be repeated, followed by ";_".
5. "\2"
The repeated keyword (captured group nr. 2).

1. + 2.
The keyword to look for is possibly preceded by 0, 1 or more other keywords with semi-colons in between, thus 2 possible variants: "([^;]+;_)*" or "(.*;_)?".

6. + 7.
The 2nd occurrence of the keyword is possibly followed by 0, 1 or more other keywords with semi-colons in between, thus 2 possible variants: "(;_[^;]+)*" or "(;_.*)?". Note that the semi-colon starts the RegEx part this time.

4.
Between the keyword and its repetition, you can have 0, 1 or more other keywords, with semi-colons in between.

I made the RegEx as general as possible, so as to normally cover all the cases.
Moreover, it is important to use the semi-colon at each transition: between 2 and 3, 3 and 4, etc. By doing so, you know that no RegEx part matches a substring of a keyword.

I could have used non-capturing groups in 2., 4. and 6 but it would have been even more illegible.

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Questions / Re: Album Cover Size & Album Name Color in MAIN window
« on: July 04, 2023, 10:43:54 AM »
Hi Jeff,

As for the album cover size:
- Click on the main panel's header (=Album)
- At the menu bottom, adjust the horizontal slider (= picture size)

As for the album title colour:
Although it is not directly configurable in the interface, there is a workaround:
Use, instead of Album, a virtual tag (say MyAlbumName) with this content:
{color: 180,70,40}<Album>

Just replace by your favourite colour. Blue! No, yellooowwww....
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0vlQHxJTp0

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Questions / Re: Tricky regex expression...?
« on: July 03, 2023, 06:18:22 PM »
Thankyou so much karbock. You're a genius! I must confess, I doubted if it was even possible.
You're very welcome! As for me: I'm not a genius, but simply used to analysing. :)

Tested and seems to work perfectly - that was the easy bit! It'll take me quite a bit longer to figure out HOW it works!
Maybe the updated presentation above will give better insight into the different RegEx parts.

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Questions / Re: Tricky regex expression...?
« on: July 02, 2023, 04:59:54 PM »
A first remark:
In this case, you must include the separator ("; "), and not just rely on "\w+" to define an element.
Otherwise, you will get a false positive with "ABC; ABCD".

The following RegEx works:
$IsMatch(<MyCustomField>,"^(.*; )?([^;]+); ([^;]+; )*\2(; [^;]+)*$")

I have tested it with different cases, but I may have forgotten a particular configuration. Let me know if you come across a false positive/negative.

Explanation of the RegEx parts:
Nr.
RegEx part
Alternative RegEx part
Meaning
Condition
1^beginning of field
2([^;]+; )*(.*; )?any number of elementsThe substring, if present, must end with a semicolon.
3([^;]+); a specific elementFollowed by semicolon + space. The separator (; ) is not included in the capturing group.
4([^;]+; )*(.*; )?any number of elementsThe substring, if present, must end with a semicolon.
5\2repeated specific element
6(; [^;]+)*(; .*)?any number of elementsThe substring, if present, must start with a semicolon.
7$end of field

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Questions / Re: Seperate Album titles in album collections
« on: June 15, 2023, 08:05:50 AM »
Hi Sem, and welcome to the forum.

Are you aware of the sub-grouping header? It can be seen as a subtitle within an album.

Based on your only example (the CD set with works by Berlioz), I would suggest using tag WORK as subgrouping header, provided that WORK is populated in your audio files. But you can choose any tag as sub-grouping header, which can be specified in views Album and Album and Tracks of the main panel.

See examples of what you can achieve with the sub-grouping header in the links provided below,
which present more general solutions or other options you might consider:

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Tips and Tricks / Re: MusicBee File Paths: Installed vs Portable
« on: May 31, 2023, 09:03:43 PM »
In fact, the location is already in the table, but with «%APPDATA%» instead of «c:\users\<your id>\appdata\roaming».
Ah, O.K. I overlooked that.
But other users might too? Not everybody will fully understand the workings of %APPDATA%?
(not a strong opinion, your call of course)
I've just added some explanation about the environment variables used.

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Tips and Tricks / Re: MusicBee File Paths: Installed vs Portable
« on: May 31, 2023, 07:33:36 PM »
Perhaps this location for TM's should be added?:
https://getmusicbee.com/forum/index.php?topic=39390.msg212893#msg212893

Doing a speed-read on it, I am a bit confused if this is about Theater Modes or Skins though.

In fact, the location is already in the table, but with «%APPDATA%» instead of «c:\users\<your id>\appdata\roaming».
There are 2 «Add Skin» commands:
  • one for skins (which copies the file to «%APPDATA%\MusicBee\Skins», see F.1)
  • one for theater modes (which copies the file to «%APPDATA%\MusicBee\Plugins\TheaterMode.List», see F.2)

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Well, the option is already present... :)

Preferences
-> tab "General"
-> section "application"
-> minimise to: Notification Tray

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Questions / Re: Why would this album not merge?
« on: May 23, 2023, 10:08:02 PM »
There are about 1000 metadata fields in musicbee. Which should I be checking? I confirmed the Path is the same for all files in MB

With the setting "files for each album are organised in their own folder", the only metadata fields that could interfere are those selected in the "Sort by" and "Group by" menus.

I have tried to reproduce the behaviour with a test album after applying your settings (files for each album are organised in their own folder, sort by: date added, group by: no grouping), to no avail, even by shifting manually the "date added" by a year for a file of the test album.

My MB version is 3.5.8540 P.

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Questions / Re: Why would this album not merge?
« on: May 23, 2023, 07:48:50 AM »
I could not agree more with hiccup.

When albums are defined by the folder, even files with different metadata but in the same folder will show as one album (in that case, MB shows the Album name and Album Artist name stored in the first track). But if for example the tracks are subdivided into 2 folders (even located in the same parent folder), they are treated as belonging to different albums.

For checking purposes, could you do the following?
  • switch to view "Album and Tracks" (and select "detailed list" if needed in its "Customise Panel..." menu)
  • add "Path" to the displayed fields, and widen the column to show the full path
  • check that the path is identical for all the concerned tracks

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Questions / Re: Play Count and portable music bee
« on: May 20, 2023, 10:00:42 AM »
Hello,
The play count is specific to MusicBee (MB does not know how many times a track has been read by other players).
It is thus stored in MB's folder tree (most probably in the main library file, MusicBeeLibrary.mbl), not outside it.

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Questions / Re: Can MB 3.5 sort/group multi-disc tracs vertically?
« on: May 17, 2023, 12:12:22 PM »
No problem, it's completely forgiven. :)

Well you're right, there are indeed columns in "Album and Tracks" (compact grid): with my settings (two browsers to the left of the main panel), there was not enough room to split in 2 columns.

As for a future wishlist item, don't give up hope...

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Create an auto-playlist with the following conditions:

match all the following rules:
Path / starts with / (your folder)
Playlist / is not / (your static playlist)

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